Heading to the draft doesn't mean he's going to decline his $4.66 million deal with the Athletics, however, it does appear as though Murray is looking to prioritize a career in the NFL.
The 2019 draft is one of the deepest in years in terms of defensive lineman, so if the Cardinals keep their top pick, they are likely to go in that direction, whether it be Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams or Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa.
In the immediate aftermath of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray winning the Heisman Trophy, an informal survey of NFL decision-makers resulted in a loose consensus that it will be impossible to determine Murray's draft prospects until he fully commits to football - including full submission to the oftentimes nonsensical grind of the pre-draft process over spring training.
At a listed 5-foot-10, 195 pounds, Murray is very small for an National Football League quarterback.
The A's would retain his rights, but they would be in limbo. - Murray has an invite to big-league camp.
Last month, on the eve of the Heisman ceremony, it was clear that Murray was torn about which sport he wanted to play.
She adds that another revealing sign could come on February 15 when Murray and the rest of the A's position players are due at spring training. Baseball might have better long-term value, but the glitz, glamour and money that come with being the No. 1 pick in the National Football League draft might be too much to resist. I try and keep 'em open as long as possible. I'd take him with the first pick of the draft if I could.
In that sense, maybe Murray doesn't have to choose after all.